A grant writer for Gainesville Independent School District is seeking election to the Ward 3 seat on Gainesville City Council.
Reagan Lynch, a Gainesville resident since 2016, announced he is seeking to fill Councilman Keith Clegg’s seat in the May 2 Uniform Election. The election will cover nonpartisan positions at municipalities, school districts and special taxing districts. It takes place separately from the Republican and Democratic party primaries.
Clegg was appointed to the position in 2012, according to archived Register reports, and was the only candidate to file for the position in each election since. City council members are elected for two-year terms.
“After serving on the city council for the last eight years, I think it is time to get some young blood in here,” Clegg said in Lynch’s candidacy press release. Clegg confirmed to the Register on Monday, Feb. 3, that he is not seeking reelection.
Lynch said in the release he intends to work on the city’s infrastructure and nurture its businesses and industry by attracting people and investments.
“As we begin to see the results of the northward expansion of the DFW area over the next 10 years, I want to focus on finding a way to keep the city’s infrastructure updated, look for ways to engage families in the community, and target business and industry that will bring not just jobs, but people to Gainesville, who will invest in our community,” Lynch said.
Originally from Midland, Lynch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Sul Ross State University and a Master of Divinity degree in ethics and stewardship from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the release indicated.
Lynch recently completed the Leadership Gainesville course. Previously, he worked on the staff of U.S. Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Midland, founded a nonprofit and served on two federal advisory committees at the National Council on Disability as the secretary and policy lead for the Youth Advisory Committee. He was also appointed to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel at the Internal Revenue Service, where he sat on the Area 5 Committee as well as the Forms and Publications and Customer Service subcommittees. He was part of a statewide working group established by the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities in 2016 which drafted the Texas Web Accessibility Guidelines.